Sunday, August 1, 2010

Do we really follow Jesus?

1Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. (1 Cor. 3:1-9)

Paul is making a good point. Are we following Jesus, or are we following mere humans? We have to remember that we as humans are only preachers of the word of God, but that it is God who has given us this purpose. Only God can make us grow in love and goodness.
Through our own human limitations, we do not know, nor profess the truth, but it is through Jesus that we have the truth revealed to us. Our focus and our example of how to live must always be gained by looking to Jesus. If we focus on others and look to others as our example and our inspiration, we will always be disappointed in the long run.
This is why we should not be placing our faith in the institutions of humanity, even the institution of the church on earth. If our faith is in Jesus, it will not matter what our imperfect human institutions may do or say. Our example for our words and deeds rests always with Jesus.

Peace and love,


"Then Jesus said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me". (Luke 9:23)

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